Montgomery Council Reverses Course On Land Purchase
We noted last week the dance between Ike Leggett and the county council over plans for a science city near Johns Hopkins' Montgomery campus. The particular point of contention was what to do about a stretch of land near Montgomery Village known as the Webb tract, which would be the foundation for a related government reorganization.
The council members had balked at buying the piece of the Webb property that would have been used as the new home for the county's public safety training academy. That's because -- stay with me -- if they bought that, it might signal their support for allowing plenty of science jobs and homes in a planned development near Johns Hopkins, which includes, yes, the site of the current public safety training academy.
But the land owner dropped the price, and a group of residents weighed in for buying the whole thing, under the theory that the county will be a better neighbor than some random set of warehouses that might be built there. "This is the time to buy land," said Nancy Floreen (D-At large). "The price is right. The opportunity is there."
The council has given itself a deadline of year's end to decide how much building they do want to allow as part of the so-called "science city" near Johns Hopkins.
Leggett's team sees Tuesday's vote a major step forward on that plan. But some council members who voted yes on the Webb piece, like Mark Elrich, say they still can't be counted on to support a science community that's too big. Just how many jobs and homes will eventually be allowed -- and whether whatever figure is politically palatable is worth the effort -- will be hashed out in the coming weeks and months.
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